Updates to support the migration of the HP ITRC to the HP Support Center (HPSC)
This release enables support for future methods of verifying patch and bundle download integrity
New in recent releases:
Support for catalog download from non HP-UX systems
Enhanced support for the download_cmd extended option
Support for authenticated proxies
When running SWA from the HP-UX command line, you will be prompted for your HP Support Center (HPSC) User ID and Password if they have not been specified
Note: HP recommends using revision C.02.90 of SWA because changes in the package structure of Java60JRE (Jre60) might result in installation issues for older revisions of SWA on PA-RISC systems.
HP-UX 11i Software Assistant (SWA) minimises the time required by administrators to analyse the software on HP-UX systems, and is the HP-recommended utility for maintaining currency with HP-published security bulletins and recommended patch levels for HP-UX 11i software.
SWA can be utilised from the command line and also supports integration with Systems Insight Manager (SIM) providing enhancements for multi-system patching and analysis.
SWA can perform a number of checks, including published security issues, installed patches with warnings, and missing patches with critical fixes.
SWA reports identify issues, systems affected by each issue, HP's recommended action and the location of the solution associated with the issue if applicable.
Once an analysis has been performed, you can use SWA to download any recommended patches or patch bundles and create a depot ready for installation―automating a task that would typically have to be done manually by administrators. SWA reports can be scheduled periodically, so that any new issues can be spotted and addressed if necessary―potentially avoiding future unplanned downtime.
How it works
HP recommends downloading and using the latest version of SWA, available by using the "Download SWA from the HP Software Depot" link on this page. This ensures you have the most up-to-date features and defect fixes, as the SWA product is not patched.
The HP-UX SWA tool offers the following features and benefits:
Analyses a system (and some types of depots) for patch warnings, critical defects, security bulletins, missing Quality Pack patch bundle, and user-specified patches and patch chains
Uses an HP-supplied catalogue file to analyse systems and generate reports
Schedules recurring SWA reports and reviews prior analysis under HP SIM; these reports can also be downloaded to a local system
Optimises the automatic selection of patch dependencies by:
Assessing the quality of the dependency
Providing the best case scenario for the dependency
Minimising changes to the system
Assessing future patch dependency changes
Produces Action, Issue, and Detail reports as well as a consolidated HTML report to determine which issues are relevant to the software on the system or in the depot
Downloads patches and builds a Software Distributor (SD-UX) depot which will fix many of the issues in the reports
Enables user to review additional recommended actions in the reports, which need to be resolved manually to fix any remaining issues